Old Cents lost their unbeaten home record when they lost a closely fought contest against a very good Barton Hill side.
The match was a game of two halves with Cents on top in the first and Barton Hill very much on top in the second half.
Cents led 17-7 at the break through tries by Lewis May,Pete Willetts and Scott Fritchley.Scott converted only one of the tries and the home side had been made to work hard for their lead over a well organised Barton Hill side who were certainly up for match.
The visitors scored their converted try from a 5 metre scrum wheras Cents had scored their tries by throwing the ball around.Cents were just about good enough for their lead and were in a position to go on and win from their efforts put in.
However,Barton Hill in the second half had other ideas and through their pack they dominated all phases of play to starve Cents of any really good ball to play with.They started the second half with a bang when they ran in a good try from their own half following bad tackling all over the field leading up to the try.The try was converted and Barton Hill had their tails up and started to tighten their grip on the match.
Cents were next to score on one of their few forays into the Barton Hill 22 when Scott Fritchley kicked a good penalty goal to put Cents 20-14 up.But Barton came back with a penalty of their own and an unconverted try from a 5 metre lineout.
During the second half the Old Cents forwards tried hard to secure ball for their backs but were often on the back foot against the bigger Barton Hill forwards.
Cents have now lost 3 out of their last four matches and this latest loss was not down to lack of effort because Cents had played well against a good Barton Hill side who will be near the top of the league for much of the season.